Final a 'dream' for Modric

12 July 2018 13:18:18 EST

Luka Modric admits that leading out Croatia in the final of World Cup 2018 on Sunday will be a 'dream come true'.

Croatia came from behind to defeat England 2-1 after extra-time in Moscow on Wednesday evening and they'll return to the Luzhniki Stadium to face France in the decider this weekend.

For the Real Madrid playmaker it is a proud moment and one that he and his teammates must relish.

Croatia's previous best performance was a semi-final loss to hosts France in 1998, their first World Cup after independence.

"This is an amazing achievement for us," he said. "It's a dream come true after such a long time.

"We are in the final. It is the biggest success in Croatian history in sport and we have to be proud."

Croatia are 10/3 to win the final in 90 minutes and 17/2 to win a third penalty shoot-out at World Cup 2018. Modric meanwhile can be backed at 6/1 to score in the final.

The midfield general, 32, has dazzled in Russia at times and he says there was motivation for Croatia in the fact that last-four opponents England were made heavy favourites by their own media.

The former Tottenham player felt there was too much confidence surrounding the Three Lions.

"Especially English journalists, pundits from television, they underestimated Croatia and that was a huge mistake," Modric said.

"All these words from them we take, we were reading and we were saying, 'OK, today we will see who will be tired'.

"And like I said they should be more humble and respect opponents more."

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